Production Details / Press Releases
In «DRANG» (urge, drive), the performers search for the new drive to dance, the drive towards imaginative invention, and for ways to re-sacralise the world. The world premiere of «DRANG» together with the Berlin premiere of «Terrain» by Milla Koistinen, Paul Valikoski and Ladislav Zajac will shape the opening weekend of Tanzfabrik Berlin’s «Open Spaces» festival at Radialsystem. With the initiative «Tanzfabrik ♥ Radialsystem» the two institutions cooperate within the framework of the festival in order to specifically improve the presentation conditions of dance creators.
The dance in «DRANG» no longer grieves for lost nature, but is animated by the desire for new possible enchanted forests and for magic. The search for magical algorithms is accompanied and stimulated by fantasia, toccata and passacaglia scores for harpsichord, from the Renaissance until the present. Unassuaged grief transforms into a generator of a storm of feelings – immediate, spontaneous and direct – in their raw urge, navigating from crisis to crisis with the drive of the Pre-Romantics and the visionary rebirth of the Renaissance. But if, for the Pre-Romantics, ‘Drang’ (from the Proto-Germanic word þrangwaz – pressing, narrow) was the drive towards darkness and death, this new Drang is animated by being in awe for life, in all its shapes.
«DRANG» is part of «Future Histories», a series of performances that explores the relation between nature and society, and particularly the artistic and performative responses to the climate emergency. Moving on from mourning the losses of the natural world (in «Hopeless.» and «Extinction Room»), and from attempting to rebuild society and identities in the post-apocalypse (in «UNREST»), «DRANG» continues the series.
Sergiu Matis is a Romanian choreographer born in 1981 in Cluj-Napoca. He received his dance education at the Liceul de Coregrafie in Cluj and the Mannheim Academy of Dance, and began his career at Tanztheater Nuremberg. He has been living and working in Berlin since 2008, creating his own works such as Keep It Real (2013), Explicit Content (2015), Neverendings (2017), Hopeless. (2019) and UNREST (2021). He has led workshops and educational activities at a range of institutions worldwide. In 2014 he completed his masters in Solo/Dance/Authorship at the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT) / Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). Content (2015), Neverendings (2017), Hopeless. (2019) and UNREST (2021). He has led workshops and educational activities at a range of institutions worldwide. In 2014 he completed his masters in Solo/Dance/Authorship at the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT) / Berlin University of the Arts (UdK).
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Cast & Credits
Concept, choreography: Sergiu Matis
Performance, choreographic collaboration: Eli Cohen, Sergiu Matis, Orlando Rodriguez, Diletta Sperman
Harpsichord: Ana María Fonseca Núñez
Music: Girolamo Frescobaldi, Alessandro Scarlatti, György Ligeti, Antonio Martín y Coll, Archivo Musical de Concepción de Chiquitos y Archivo Musical de la Catedral de Bogotá
Dramaturgy: Mila Pavićević
Soundscape: Andrea Parolin, Emma Juliard
Composition: AGF Antye Greie
Set Design: Adrian Ganea
Set Design collaboration: Xenia Roth
Set Design assistance: Flavius Augustin
Costume: Philip Ingman
Light: Emma Juliard
Technical managment: Andrea Parolin
Choreographic assistance: Vincent Bozek
Scenography production: Xenia Roth
Scenography assistance: Flavius Augustin
Production: Anna Chwialkowska
Distribution: Danila – Freitag, Agentur für Performative Künste.
A Sergiu Matis production
Funded by: Haupstadtkulturfonds (HKF)
Co-production: Tanzfabrik Berlin, Radial Foundation, MDT Stockholm, Workshop Foundation Budapest, NDA Slovenia in the frame of Life Long Burning, a project co-financed by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Supported by DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the framework of the NEUSTART KULTUR aid programme for dance
With the kind support of sw&g.
Sergiu Matis is supported by apap – FEMINIST FUTURES 2020-2024 – a project co-founded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):
Sergiu Matis / Trailers and Video Documentations
- Sergiu Matis: Interview / Portrait Sergiu Matis (2019)
- Sergiu Matis: Blazing Worlds (2023)
- Sergiu Matis: Hopeless. (2019)
- Instant Feedback / Sergiu Matis: Hopeless (2019)
- Sergiu Matis: NEVERENDINGS – Season 2: Daydreams for a Better World (2017)
- Sergiu Matis: NEVERENDINGS – Season 1: 100 Years Revolution (2017)
- Sergiu Matis: Deleted Scenes (2016)
- Sergiu Matis: Explicit Content (2015)
- Sergiu Matis: Duet (2012)
- Sergiu Matis: all of a sudden (Ausschnitt) (2011)
- Sergiu Matis: Doom Room (2010)